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The Italian Angevins: Naples and Beyond - conference

We are delighted to announce that on 5th June 2013 UCL will host a one-day, interdisciplinary conference, The Italian Angevins: Naples and Beyond, to focus on the culture, history, and politics of the Angevin Regno, from 1266 to 1422. This event complements the 2013 Boccaccio Septcentenary and immediately precedes this year’s Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Outside France conference. The keynote address will be given by Marilynn Desmond (Cambridge University). A provisional programme is available here. Please register with Ella Cullen at UCL before 29 May (attendance is free of charge).

Catharism conference

UCL's MARS Centre and the Warburg Institute will host a major discussion of 'Catharism: Balkan Heresy or Construct of a Persecuting Society?' on the 18-19th April 2013. The discussion brings together many of those historians who have done most to advance the history of heresy and Catharism over recent decades, including John Arnold, David d'Avray, Pete Biller, Caterina Bruschi, Jörg Feuchter, Bernard Hamilton, Bob Moore, Mark Pegg, Andrew Roach, Lucy Sackville, Rebecca Rist, Claire Taylor, and Julien Théry. The conference programme is available here and a poster here. There is no charge for attendance, subject to numbers. Advance registration is essential however – for this please contact Antonio Sennis at UCL.

New Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA Scholarships

We are very excited to offer four Provost’s studentships to UK/EU students applying to our Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA for entry in 2013. The scholarships comprise the full £8,250 EU/UK MA fee plus a stipend of £11,940. For further details see here.  

Dr Chiara Franceschini wins I Tatti Best Essay prize

Congratulations to Dr Chiara Franceschini (UCL Italian) who has won the I Tatti Prize for Best Essay (2011) for “The Nudes in Limbo: Michelangelo's Doni Tondo Reconsidered”, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 73 (2010),  pp. 137-180. The I Tatti prize is offered annually by the Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, for the best scholarly essay on an Italian Renaissance topic by an early career scholar. The selection committee looks in particular "for rigorous and original research, and convincing results expressed in clear and effective prose”. For more details and the paper see here.

Death of J.H. ('Jimmy') Burns

MARS and UCL are very sad to announce the death of J.H. ('Jimmy') Burns, a former head of the History Department at UCL, and a great historian of political thought of the late middle ages and renaissance. An obituary by David d'Avray is here

2013 UCL conference on Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Outside France

UCL's Jane Gilbert and her co-investigators will host a first conference on 6-7 June 2013 at UCL as part of their major new AHRC-funded Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Outside France project, investigating how francophone literary texts travelled across Europe and beyond. The call for papers deadline for the June 2013 conference is 1st December. 

New Harvard translation of Susan Irvine's Old English Boethius

Harvard's prestigious Dunbarton Oaks Medieval Library have published UCL Professor Susan Irvine's new facing-page translation of her acclaimed edition of the Old English Boethius. Susan Irvine and Malcolm Godden's monumental edition of the Alfredian Old English translation of Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy was published in 2009 by Oxford University Press. The Times Literary Supplement described their edition as marking a 'major advance on what has sometimes seemed the blocked road to understanding Anglo-Saxon literary history'. Now Harvard University Press have published their new facing-page translation in the Dunbarton Oaks Medieval Library, making this historically and linguistically landmark text accessible to both scholars and general readers.

Lisa Jardine joins UCL as Professor of Renaissance Studies

UCL is delighted to welcome Lisa Jardine as our new Professor of Renaissance Studies who joins us from Queen Mary with her exciting Centre for Editing Lives and Letters

Interview with award-winning teacher Professor David d'Avray FBA 

David d'Avray, winner of a UCL Provost's teaching awards 2012 discusses teaching, defines scholarship, critiques the Oxbridge tutorial system, and praises the Kit-Kat here.

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